RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Retired Richmond fire marshal David ‘Chico’ Creasy has died after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 67.

Creasy, who served local fire departments for more than 50 years, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014 after 25 tumors were found on his liver. The disease later spread to his hip, back. and right leg. He was given one year to live.

“Every day I wake up, I’m blessed,” Creasy told 8News back in February as he was pushing to pass legislation through the General Assembly that would help firefighters diagnosed with cancer. 

“The Lord has blessed me and left me here to, I think, speak to this bill,” Creasy said. 

Even after his diagnosis in 2014, Creasy continued working as Richmond’s fire marshal for three years before retiring in 2017. 

In total, Creasy served area fire departments, including Richmond and Chesterfield County, for more than 50 years. 

When news of his passing surfaced Monday morning, Creasy’s Facebook page immediately became filled with an outpouring of condolences. 

“The fire service and the entire world lost a legendary individual this morning! Love and prayers for the family of Chief David Creasy!” one commenter wrote. 

It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of former Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief David Creasy. Battalion Chief David Creasy served in several positions during his extensive career dedicated to fire services. In 1967, David served as a volunteer firefighter with Chesterfield County’s Manchester volunteer fire department. David began his tenure as a full-time firefighter with City of Richmond in 1971. He would go on to work for the Chesterfield Fire Department in 1974 until he retired in 2001. Chief Creasy resumed his fire service career when he returned to the City of Richmond as the Fire Marshall in 2008.

Chief Creasy’s legacy is defined by his selfless nature and sincere desire to serve the needs of others. He was a champion of cancer awareness for fire service professionals and often spoke at conferences on the topic. He testified before government officials about the risks associated with firefighting and the need for enhanced support of current and future fire retirees.

David Creasy will be missed. Words cannot express our sadness at David’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. He leaves a vacuum in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. –Richmond Fire Department

Visitation for Creasy will be on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, from noon until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The funeral service will be at Victory Tabernacle Church of God on Monday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. Click here for more information about the arrangements.   

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